Friday, 20 October 2017


Goverdhan Pooja/Annakuta Puja is celebrated to commemorate the pastime of the Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhana Hill on His little finger, in order to protect the residents of Vrindavan from torrential rains sent by Indra. The Supreme Personality of Godhead performed this pastime as a seven year old boy in order to crush the pride of Indra, the Lord of the heavens. Lord Krishna forbade the residents of Vrindavana from worshipping Indra. He induced them to worship Govardhana Hill instead. The Govardhana Hill is not an ordinary hill. It is actually very dear to the Lord. On this day Govardhana Hill is worshipped in a small replica form, made of cooked rice and other edibles in temples all over Vrindavan. This replica of the Govardhana Hill is generally known as ‘Annakuta’. Huge quantities of food are prepared in this ceremony and are very extensively distributed. A mountain of food is decorated symbolizing Govardhan Mountain said to be lifted by Lord Krishna to save the people from the wrath of Lord Indra, the God of rain. This pooja is performed with great zeal and enthusiasm and in the states of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Bihar. In Haryana, there is a tradition of building cow dung hillocks, which symbolize the Mount Govardhan, the mountain which was once lifted by Lord Krishna. After making such hillocks people decorate them with flowers and then worship them. They move in a circle all round the cow dung hillocks and offer prayers to Lord Govardhan.

In Maharashtra this day is celebrated as Padva or Bali Pratipada. The day commemorates King Bali. Men present gifts to their wives on this day. It is also celebrated as New Year, as Vikram Samvat also starts on this day. Govardhan puja worship has carried on from 5000 years ago to the 21st Century.

I am giving you few important things you should do on this day. It will bring the blessings of RADHA KRISHNA in your life.
1. On this day, you must offer food/bread/grass to Cow because Lord Krishna, the ‘Makhan Chor’ is always remembered as Sakha (friend) and protector of cows. He is known as “Gopal” for this reason also. It will improve your Venus also which would help in getting things of luxury in your life. It will bestow marital happiness in your life. Those people whose family life is very miserable should donate a cow on this day to ward off evils caused by Planet Venus.
2. The day of Govardhan Puja is also celebrated as “Gudi Padwa”. There is a custom in which on this holy day the wife applies the 'Tilak' on the forehead of her husband, garlands him, performs his 'Aarti' and also prays for his long life. Then the husband gives her a gift in appreciation of all the tender love and care that his wife showers on him. I suggest husband must gift something (according to the budget) to the wife on this day.
3. If you have Narmadeshwar Shivlinga at your house then abhishek it with raw milk or alternatively you can go to nearby Lord Shiva Temple and offer abhishek of raw milk in the temple. I would suggest all of you to have Narmadeshwar Shivlinga at your house. It will help you in worshipping Lord Shiva in a more effective manner. You can get Abhimantrit Narmadeshwar Shivlinga from LAL KITAB ASTRO CENTRE BY CONTACTING US on the following link:
4. Most important is worship Lord Krishna on this day. Listen to Bhajans of Lord Krishna. Recite Mahamantra –
“Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare”


""Hari Om Tat Sat"
"Jai Shree Krishna"
Acharya Vikas Malhotra
Lal Kitab Astro Centre (LKAC)
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017


Date of Diwali in 2017 - 19th October 2017

The word "Diwali" is a contraction of "Deepavali", originating from the Sanskrit word Dipavali (दीपावली) which can be translated to "Row of Lights". Hence the Diwali Festival is also called the "Festival of Lights". Diwali is the name for the festival in North-India. In South-India the festival is called "Deepavali".
Legends behind celebration of Diwali
Diwali celebrates to victory of the Good over the Evil and Light over Darkness. Is has a major religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains alike - not only in India, but also for Indians living abroad. The day of Diwali falls on Kartik Amavasya and many businesses in India start a new accounting year on this day. Diwali is actually celebrated in honor of Lord Rama and His wife Sita returning to their kingdom of Ayodhya, after defeating demon King Ravana.
Diwali marks the end of the harvest season in most of India. Farmers give thanks for the bounty of the year gone by, and pray for a good harvest for the year to come. Traditionally this marked the closing of accounts for businesses dependent on the agrarian cycle, and is the last major celebration before winter. Maa Lakshmi symbolizes wealth and prosperity, and her blessings are invoked for a good year ahead.
There are two legends that associate the worship of Maa Lakshmi on this day. According to the first legend, on this day, Lakshmi emerged from Kshira Sagar, the Ocean of Milk, during the great churning of the oceans, Samudra manthan. The second legend (more popular in western India) relates to the Vamana avatar of the Lord Vishnu, the incarnation he assumed to kill the demon king Bali. On this day, Vishnu came back to his abode the Vaikuntha; so those who worship Lakshmi receive the benefit of her benevolent mood, and are blessed with mental, physical and material well-being. Lord Ganesha is also worshipped along with Maa Lakshmi because he is treated as remover of all obstacles and worshipped before all the Gods.
Diwali Puja Muhurat
Lakshmi Puja should be done during Pradosh Kaal which starts after sunset. The most auspicious time for Diwali Poojan in 2017 is given below:
Maa Lakshmi Puja Muhurta = 07:11 pm to 08:16 pm
It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits homes during Diwali time so everyone likes to clean and decorate their homes in the best way possible. From whitewashing to buying new furnishings, people love to work on their homes during Diwali.
You can use your creativity and decorate your home with flowers and rangoli patterns this Diwali and you will feel the presence of nature in your home. The sweet fragrance of flowers enhances the aesthetic appeal on the rangoli patterns and the combination looks magnificent on the front door of a home. Besides flowers and rangoli patterns, place electric lights in appropriate places in your home as well. Be careful with the placement of candles and diyas and ensure that they are kept away from curtains and other flammable things.
On Diwali evening, it is customary to start the celebrations with a Lakshmi Puja. Decorate the puja thali and clean the temple beforehand. Start with Ganesh Puja and move on to Lakshmi Puja. Distribute the puja prasad to all family members after the puja is complete.
Important points to be kept in mind for Diwali Puja & Lal Kitab Tips/Remedies for Diwali
1. On the night of Diwali, listen or read Vishnu Sahasra Naam and Shree Sukta. They are available at You Tube.
2. Purchase a new broom on Diwali and use it to clean the place where pooja has to be done. You can use it regularly from next day onwards. It will help in improving prosperity.
3. Try to offer homemade Rice Kheer to Maa Lakshmi instead of offering sweets available in market.
4. Have 11 Abhimantri “Gomti Chakra” and keep them in a red cloth bag. Treat these Gomati Chakra as Maa Lakshmi and worship them in your pooja. After doing pooja, you can keep these Gomati Chakras in your locker or almirah or the place where you keep your money. This will help you in gaining wealth and prosperity. People whose business is not growing must do this to gain benefit.
5. If possible while doing Diwali Pooja wear Sphatik Bead mala. It will increase the effect of Diwali Pooja many times. Alternatively wear Lakshmi Narain Pendant which is a combination of Seven Mukhi and Ten Mukhi Rudraksha denoting Maa Lakshmi and Vishnu Ji respectively.
6. On all days starting from Dhan Teras till Bhaiya Dhuj, try to light a diya near the Tulsi plant. Pushkar Puran states, “The person who lights the lamp of sesame (til) oil in the name of Lord Shri Hari in the month of Kartik (during Sandhya) gets unlimited prosperity, beauty, blessedness and wealth”. So try to lit lamp of sesame (til) oil in evening during the whole month of Kartik.
Hari Om Tat Sat
Acharya Vikas Malhotra
Lal Kitab Astro Centre (LKAC)

Monday, 16 October 2017

HAPPY DHANTERAS 2017 - Dhan Triyodashi, Yamdeep Daan, Kuber Puja, Dhanwantri Puja/Dhanwantri Jayanti - Right way to worship, shubh muhurat for gaining thirteen times benefit

I would like to wish our readers Happy Dhanteras in advance. Dhanteras in 2017 is going to be celebrated on 17th October 2017, i.e Tuesday.

In this post I would extensively deal with astrological and spiritual significance of this festival along with the right method of doing pooja and most suitable muhurat for pooja.

Significance of this festival and manner of celebrating it

Dhanteras the festival of wealth and prosperity is celebrated two days before Diwali festival in India. Dhanteras is also known as Dhantrayodashi, and takes place two days before Diwali, in honour of Dhanavantri, the physician of the gods and an incarnation of Vishnu. Dhanteras marks the beginning of Diwali festival. Dhan means “wealth” and Teras denotes “trayodashi”. The festival is observed on the 13th lunar day of dark fortnight (Krishna Paksha) in the month of Kartik.

On this day, the main doors of houses and offices are decorated with flowers lights and rangolis. An extensive pooja is organized in all households where people worship Goddess Laxmi with their purchase of the day (utensil/Jewellery).

Legends Associated with Dhan Teras

1. Yamadeep Daan
There are two legends associated with this festival. The first is that there was a 16 year old son of King Hima whose horoscope predicted his early death by a snake-bite on the fourth day of his wedding. On that particular fourth day of his marriage, his young wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid all the ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a big heap at the entrance of her husband’s boudoir and lighted innumerable lamps all over the place. And she went on telling stories and singing songs. When Yam, the god of death arrived there in the guise of a serpent his eyes got blinded by that dazzle of those brilliant lights and he could not enter the prince’s chamber. So he climbed on top of the heap of the ornaments and coins and sat there whole night listening to the melodious songs. In the morning he quietly went away. Thus the young wife saved her husband from the clutches of death. Since then this day of Dhanteras came to be known as the day of "YAMADEEPDAAN" and lamps are kept burning throughout the night in reverential adoration to Yam, the god of death.
2. Legend of Samudramanthan or Sea Churning
Another legend of Samudramanthan shows that at the time of sea churning or samudramanthan, Lord Dhanwantri appeared in sea with an urn, hence, there is a tradition of buying utensils of this day. It is believed buying utensils or silver increases their count by 13 times. Also, buying seeds of dried coriander and keeping them in house increases wealth. On the day of Diwali, these seeds are sown in garden or farms. These seeds are the symbol of growth and wealth increment in a person’s life.

What to purchase on Dhanteras/Simple remedies that can be done on Dhan Teras

In the past few years, the tradition of purchasing utensils and jewellery has become popular on this day. The real significance of Dhan Teras lies in worshipping Lord Dhanvantri so that good health is bestowed on the worshipper and ultimately “Health is Wealth.” The best way to celebrate Dhan Teras apart from worshipping Maa Lakshmi, Kuber Ji, Lord Yama and Lord Dhanvantri is to give any gift to your family doctor or physician.

In addition you can purchase small utensil/s of silver/steel/copper as per your need and budget. Please remember that do not purchase a utensil with holes like tea filter. You can purchase a copper/silver bowl and after puja you can use it for drinking water. If it is a copper utensil you can dip five mukhi rudraksha in it in night and early morning have this water and it will solve your diabetes and blood pressure problem. Alternatively you can bring home the silver idols of Lakshmi and Ganesha which increases wealth, success and growth at house, offices and business organisation.

You can also install 11 Abhimantrit Gomati Chakras on this day and keep them in your locker.

You can visit Yantra Link in our website to know about Gomati Chakras

Dhanteras Pujan
The worship on Dhanteras should be done in Subh Muhurat. First of all 13 lamps should be lighted and Lord Kuber in the Locker should be worshipped. Lord Kuber is worshipped and offered flowers and it is said that “I worship you Lord Kuber who sits on the best plane similar to Garudamani, holding Gadha in both the hands and wearing crown on head, dear friend of lord Shiva”. After this worship with incense sticks, lamps, Nevedha (sweets) and chant the following mantra
यक्षाय कुबेराय वैश्रवणाय धन-धान्य अधिपतये
धन-धान्य समृद्धि मे देहि दापय स्वाहा '
Auspicious Muhurat for Puja in the Evening

07:19 pm to 8:17 pm

Method of Deep Daan

In the evening have 13 mitti ke Deepak (mud lamp) and fill it with Til oil. Have new cotton in it and lit it. Lit an incense stick also and recite following mantra looking at South Direction:
मृत्युना दण्डपाशाभ्यां कालेन श्यामया सह
त्रयोदश्यां दीपदानात्सूर्यजः प्रीयतां मम
Now do deep daan and release diyas into water or leave them at pipal tree.

Hari Om Tat Sat
Acharya Vikas Malhotra
Lal Kitab Astro Centre (LKAC)

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Are you at risk of losing your job? Warning signs that your job is in danger and what can you do about it?

The idea to write this article came when I analyzed that increasing competition in the market; cost cutting efforts of the companies, increasing automation have resulted in loss of jobs of many employees and especially those whose work is of repetitive or routine nature. There used to be a time when people could think of joining a company and retiring from the same company whether it is a government organization or private company. They have to just manage two things, performance on the job and relationship with boss. But now circumstances have changed. Increasing automation, pressure on performance, increasing competition and workplace politics has resulted in job insecurity for many people. 

In this post, I am sharing some of the warning signs you must look into to find out whether your job is in danger. It will also help you in chalking out a plan of action to overcome the situation. Please note one thing that jobs which are of repetitive nature are going to be cut down. With the advancement in technology, the work of humans would be replaced by machines but if you have some creative skills or you are able to find out creative and unique application of your skills, your job is safe or instead it is also possible that you are able to gain good opportunity from this technological advancement to progress. An important point I would like to emphasize is that you have to get rid of mentality of having a permanent job that used to be the case with government organizations. Now only the best employee would be able to survive and for delivering your best, you need to continuously evolve yourself. So take care of some of warning signs I am sharing with you showing that your job may be in danger and you should think of an alternative plan beforehand.
Due to space constraint and with an intention of keeping this post short, I am not being able to cover all the danger signs showing that your job may be at risk. I will cover some of the most important signs and will also give you some tips through which you can work on improving your chances of success and take an alternative action plan.

Warning signal 1Your Company has been acquired by another company
You can use the term “merger” or “acquisition” but the fact is that one company among the two companies is dominating. When this happens and the new management takes control, it is possible that you may retain your job for several months following a merger, and it may even create a certain level of complacency in you. But it will be almost certain that your job will be in jeopardy unless and until you are able to convince management about your innovativeness or how you are different from other employees.
Warning Signal 2 – Your work is being redistributed, questioned or your job profile is changed
If your work is suddenly being redistributed to others, it is probably not because your boss sympathizes with your schedule and feels you are being overextended. This action could be the company way of planning ahead.  They do not want to leave your clients in the dark in the weeks that follow a firing, so they are preparing by assigning your tasks to someone else. Another strong sign is when the quality of your work is being questioned on repeated occasions. Employers often build a case against an employee before terminating them. If your employer is suddenly finding fault with a lot of your work, this is a real possibility.
Warning Signal 3 – You are no longer invited to important meetings or your relationship with boss takes a downturn
When the axe is about to fall, managers see little advantage to having you present. One strong clue is that you begin to develop a sense that you are being excluded from what is going on in your department. All departments require a certain amount of interaction between employees in order for work to flow smoothly. If you start to notice that you are not getting certain memos and emails, that you are not being included in various meetings, or that your input is no longer being requested, you are probably a short timer on your job.
Warning Signal 4 – Employer starts cost cutting measures and resorts to Increasing automation
The degree to which this takes place will be a good indication of how much time you have left on your job. If cost cutting is on the fringes, like eliminating the holiday party, reducing bonuses, curtailing certain employee benefits or even eliminating the coffee service, they may be in the early stages of an attempt to improve profitability. If this is the case, you will probably have several months before you are facing the threat of a job loss. If on the other hand, your employer is eliminating employees, or making substantial cuts in employee benefits, your tenure will probably be a lot shorter. There is often a temptation to believe that if you are spared in a round of cuts, that your job is safe. But if the employer’s financial situation does not turn around shortly after the layoffs, more are probably on the way. It may be only a matter of weeks before your number comes up.
If the company is adapting to increasing automation, it may be a threat to those jobs which are of repetitive nature. If your work is of repetitive nature which can be done by computers or automated machines, then also there is a chance of loss of your job. For example, with the prevalence of automated delivery systems in courier services, many jobs have been lost and more will go with the passage of time. 

What to do about dealing with fear of losing job?
The occurrence of any one of these events does not necessarily signal that your job is on the line. However, a combination of two or more raises the stakes substantially. I would advise you to follow these tips to improve your chances of success:
1.      Diversify your skills and add value for the company – Come out of repetitive tasks and do something creative in your work so that management may recognize that it is worthwhile to keep you in the company.
2.      Schedule a personal meeting with your boss to discuss your concernsIf you are suspicious that your job is in danger, then you can discuss with your boss your concerns and also ascertain what you can do to change the situation. If there is no positive response or the question makes him nervous, it is right time to plan for your next job or take alternative action.
3.      Improve your job performance and try to take more responsibilities – If it is possible, you should take some additional work or responsibilities in office and preferably the ones that no one else wants. This may cause your employer and your coworkers to see you in a different light.
4.      Be innovative, be creative and find out new areas of growth – It happens usually in sales jobs where the employee is not able to bring desired business and is on the risk of losing a job. In this scenario, do something different from the crowd, be innovative, try to sell your ideas more creatively and it is possible that they may work for you.
5.      Take some time for introspection – If nothing is working then spare some time for introspection and dwell on your strengths and weaknesses and find out alternative course of action. Take help of a good astrologer consultant to find out possible areas of growth and time period during which they are expected to materialize. A good astrologer would not only help you by right counseling, he will also suggest to you some alternative course of action. Think over such action plan and give it some time. Motivate yourself to give your best. With the passing of time, bad phase of your life will also go away. Try not to take so much stress that it affects your health as it will increase your problems in future. When you have so many things to work for, you need good health to give your best. Think positive and give your best and leave rest to the God. You will definitely succeed. 

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Acharya Vikas Malhotra
Lal Kitab Astro Centre (LKAC)

Saturday, 14 October 2017


Signature is like a snapshot of your personality. Do you know when you sign your name in a personal or professional communication; unknowingly you disclose much more about yourself, than you want to. The way you write your letters small or large, dark or light, curved or angled, it gives a great insight into your character and your innermost thoughts. The way you sign your name tells if you are an optimist, a leader, a great lover, a straightforward person or not, and much more. Signature analysis could help you understand a person better and help you lead a happy and successful life. At Lal Kitab Astro Centre (LKAC), we carry out detailed analysis of signatures for finding out more about our clients especially when accurate date and time of birth are not known.
In this post, I am sharing some of the interesting observations that could be found from analyzing signature of a person. It is important to point out here that each person’s signature is unique and authentic. It is a symbol of your identity and is the mark that you use to represent yourself to the world. The science that determines the link between character traits and a handwritten signature is known as graphology. I would not go into the details of this science as it would make the post long and ambiguous also but would share some of the important observations I have seen in different signatures that reflect your personality.
Some of the points which I would like to discuss in this post include slant of signature, size of signature, style of signature, spacing between letters and legibility. Although there are more points which help in delineating personality of an individual, I would like to restrict myself on these five points in this post.

Slant of your signature - If your signature tends to slant forward to the right or ascends, you probably are outgoing and have a positive outlook on life. It is also indicative of your creativity.
If your text slants to the left or down you do not tend to look and move forward often enough and you may be a bit pessimistic.

Size of your signature - The size of the signature mainly points out the writer’s wish to be noticed. If a signature is extremely large as compared to the handwriting it shows that the writer craves to be noticed, and is very bold and confident. Small letters are an indicator that you are quiet, shy and possibly withdrawn. Average sized letters are the trademark of a well adjusted and adaptable individual.  

Style of your signature - There are certain styles and embellishment in handwriting–specifically in signatures–that give clues to who really are at your core. Signatures that are overly fancy and intricate are an indication that you are creative, passionate, boastful and love attention.
A signature that is underlined signifies selfishness, sensitivity a need for recognition and status. A simple straight line under the signature reveals that the writer is self reliant and believes in following rules and traditions blindly. When the underline is showy and a bit curly, it shows that the writer loves to seek attention and generally has an attention grabbing behavior. A zig zag line under the signature reveals the trait of uncertainty in the writer’s behavior. The longer the zig zag line, the unsure the writer is about his/her ability.

Spacing between letters – When there is no spacing between letters in signature, it implies that you tend to be a consistent, logical, and conservative person. On the other hand, wide spacing between letters in signature implies that you are flexible person striving to turn ideas into reality.

Legibility of signature - A signature is illegible when the people have a great difficulty in reading the name. An illegible signature tells that the writer has a desire to be seen but he or she does not prefer to be noticed or known. The writer loves to keep things in private and desires to keep his or her true identity unknown. An illegible signature also means that the writer seems to be in hurry. A person who has to sign plenty of time in a day often signs in a rush, and does not care about the signature legibility. The opposite is true of people with signatures that can easily be read. It shows that you are open, have nothing to hide and are happy with yourself.
Although signatures are an inbuilt habit, you can change your own personality by making an effort to change your signature. It will take however time to reflect such changes post change of your signature. In the future posts, I would share some tips through which you can choose the right signature for optimizing your performance. For specific consultation about change in signature required, you can book appointment at our website.

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Acharya Vikas Malhotra
Lal Kitab Astro Centre (LKAC)